Down to the wire The 2017-18 Atlantic Hockey regular season is in the books. It was the closest race in league history, and when the dust had settled, Mercyhurst claimed its second regular season title and first since 2014. Picked to finish eighth by the coaches at the start of the season, the Lakers were
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It easy to say that the Mercyhurst Lakers exceeded expectations this season, but not those of Lakers coach Rick Gotkin. “The coaches picked us to finish eighth, and the media picked us seventh,” said Gotkin. “And maybe deservedly so, but we felt like we had a good team, a mature team, and
Like every team in Atlantic Hockey, it’s been an up-and-down season for the Rochester Institute of Technology (photo: Omar Phillips).
Three things from last weekend in Atlantic Hockey: Farewell, old friend On Saturday, Bentley University played it’s last game in the John A Ryan Skating Arena, affectionately known (well, maybe not “affectionately” by visiting teams) as the JAR. It’s been the Falcons’ home for over 40 years, but Bentley is opening a new, on-campus rink
Thanks to an uneven number of teams in Atlantic Hockey, there’s usually an odd team out. Mercyhurst was idle last weekend, part of a stretch of 13 days without any action (photo: Mercyhurst Athletics).
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bentley University will open its new on-campus rink in two weeks, but Falcons sophomore Jonathan Desbiens would be fine with playing more games at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gene Polisseni Center. In four career games at the Polisseni Center, Desbiens has seven goals, including one tonight to help the Falcons to a
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We’ve enjoyed the story line of the #rileybowl for four seasons now. On 13 occasions so far, Jack Riley, a redshirt senior forward for Mercyhurst, has faced off against Army West Point, coached by his dad, Brian Riley. Sophomore Brendan Riley also players for the Lakers. This past weekend’s
A rash of injuries has made it difficult for the Falcons, who so far have lost 117 man-games to injury, including Jordan Himley and Tyler Ledford, who were both hurt over the Jan. 12-13 weekend in a pair of wins at RIT (photo: Omar Phillips).
ROCHESTER, NY — Tonight turned out to be 60 minutes of garbage time for Rochester Institute of Technology. The Tigers’ Erik Brown scored both goals to lead RIT to a 2-0 win over first-place Canisius to earn a weekend split with the Golden Griffins. Both of Brown’s goals were from in close range, and that’s
Three things from the weekend that was in Atlantic Hockey: Good goalies As is often the case, goaltending was the story in most of five series played this weekend. • Air Force’s Billy Christopolous allowed just one goal on 56 shots to lead The Falcons to a sweep of Rochester Institute of Technology. On Friday,
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Air Force came into this weekend’s series at Rochester Institute of Technology already banged up, with several players out of the lineup, including senior all-star defenseman Phil Boje. The bad news is that two more seniors left tonight’s game with injuries. The good news is that the Falcons were able to overcome
Three things from the weekend that was in Atlantic Hockey: No threepeat It was close, but Robert Morris came up short in its bid to win its third consecutive Three Rivers Classic title. The Colonials easily handled Lake Superior State 5-0 in the semifinals, but were edged by No. 11 Providence, 2-1, in the championship
Bouncing back If there’s a best time to pull out of a slump in college hockey, doing it right before the holiday break is right up there. Coaches will tell you any time is right to snap a losing streak, but ending the first semester on a high note certainly helps. Another great time to
For real Since the first week of the season, Niagara has continued to be one of the biggest surprises in college hockey. After being picked to finish last by coaches and media after winning just five games last season (and six the season before last), Niagara has consistently exceeded expectations. After a weekend sweep of defending Atlantic Hockey champions Air Force in Colorado Springs, the Purple Eagles improved to 8-2-1 in league play and 9-5-1…
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The Mercyhurst Lakers have, in the words of coach Rick Gotkin, “flown under the radar” so far this season. They haven’t garnered much attention despite doing more than their fare share to help Atlantic Hockey to an improved record against non-league opponents. So far, Gotkin’s team has knocked off Penn State (ranked No. 17 at the time), Ferris State and last Friday registered a win against (then) ninth-ranked Wisconsin. The Lakers lost to those teams…
Three (actually four) things from the weekend that was in Atlantic Hockey: Meeting expectations Last week, Rochester Institute of Technology coach Wayne Wilson told me what to expect from his team’s upcoming series with Air Force: “We’re not expecting to start the third period down by any more than a goal or up by any more than a goal,” he said. That turned out to be exactly what happened. On Friday, the Falcons had a…
Back on Oct. 20-21, the Rochester Institute of Technology played its first real home games of the season, hosting Union and Rensselaer at the Polisseni Center. The Tigers had tied Northeastern 3-3 the weekend before at downtown Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena, but these were the first contests of the season at RIT’s on-campus rink, now in its fourth year of operation. But the familiar confines were less than friendly to the Tigers, who lost 6-1…